The Christmas Cardmaking Mega-Class is one of my FAVOURITE days of the year! And since we had to cancel last year, we’re going to make this year’s event BIGGER and BETTER than ever to make up for it. Wondering what it’s all about? Read on!
The Mega-Class is a full day event, 10am – 4pm, where participants will make twelve Christmas cards – two each of six designs – in a fun, social setting. All supplies are provided, and so is lunch! There will also be a free gift for each attendee, and some special offers throughout the day, including: – Mystery Hostess Party – Door Prizes – Pick-a-Prize with Order … and more!
The event is held at the Rotary Field House in Nanaimo (850 Third Street), on Saturday, November 20th. The fee is $64, but until October 22nd you can claim the Early Bird discount and pay just $59. Be sure to register here right away to get your discount!
We’ll also be enjoying some games and fun on Facebook leading up to the in-person event on November 20th. You can join the fun here, and be sure to invite all your friends, as well!
One of the best parts of the Christmas Mega-Class is getting to try out LOTS of beautiful holiday products, including DSP, embellishments, and specialty papers. Check out the list at the end of the post to see just a few of the items you’ll get to play with at our class!
This year, instead of throwing the whole party myself, I’ve got my team helping me! Three of my Stampin’ Queen teammates, Arvon, Carol, and Dianna, have been working with me to make this year’s class the best ever. You won’t want to miss it … be sure to sign up today!
Last weekend, I got to attend a 3-day crafting retreat here in Nanaimo, put on by a couple of fellow demonstrators. It was my first ever crafting retreat and NOW I AM HOOKED.
I knew that our registration fee included the Tidings and Trimmings bundle, but what I didn’t know was that there would be all this extra swag included, and that every attendee ALSO received at least one prize – usually an additional stamp-and-die bundle, sometimes with specialty paper and/or embellishments added as well. We were so, so, so spoiled!
Here are the four projects we got to make as part of the event, with our new bundle and the beautiful co-ordinating paper, Tidings of Christmas.
I took all my retired DSP to the event, and spent most of my time cutting and assembling cards to use up all my paper. I managed to make 105 cards! They just need a bit of stamping and embellishing to finish them off. What a great addition to my stash!
I used up all of my Whale of a Time, Snail Mail, and Fine Art Floral paper. Next up: Snowflake Wishes and Ice Cream Corner.
In addition to making my own projects, I also wandered the room to check out what other people were working on. There was lots of inspiration to be found!
It was also such a valuable opportunity to connect with other demonstrators in the area, learning from each other and offering support. I’ve never met a nicer group of people than Stampin’ Up! demonstrators! They are always willing to share advice, supplies, or a project tutorial.
After such an amazing weekend away, I’m already looking forward to my next event – OnStage! OnStage is a great perk of being a demonstrator – you get to see upcoming products, learn new techniques, get business training, receive free goodies, and have the opportunity to pre-purchase items before they are available to the public. This year the whole event is online, so you don’t even have to get out of your jammies to participate!
For the first time ever, Stampin’ Up! is offering an awesome perk to brand new demonstrators, so they don’t have to wait a year or more to attend OnStage. Even though registration is closed for current demonstrators, new demonstrators can still register to attend! Join my team by October 12 to take advantage of this awesome offer!
As an OnStage attendee, you’ll get to enjoy all the content and classes, giveaways, and access to the Product Purchase Premiere offer, along with the catalogue and brochures that come with that order. You’ll also be able to order brand-new products for the Stamp & Share Experience!
And don’t forget, the Sale-a-Bration offer of a free bundle is still in effect for one more week! Until September 30th, purchase your $135 Starter Kit – containing $165 in your choice of products – and add one of the bundles below absolutely free.If you have any questions about joining my team, please contact me, or click here to sign up now!
This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to use the Peaceful Prints Designer Series Paper – which you can get for FREE during Sale-a-Bration – to make a non-Christmas, masculine birthday card!
You’ll need: Cardbase: 4 x 5.25″ Black cardstock: 4 x 5.25″ DSP: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8″ Plus some additional pieces of cardstock for die-cutting and stamping.
It’s time for another swap card show off! This time, I’m showing off cards created with products from the autumn mini catalogue. There are cards to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and so much more!
If these cards have inspired you, be sure to check out the product list below to see all the items that were used to create them!
And by the way – if you love holiday crafting, don’t forget to register for the upcoming Christmas cardmaking mega-class, happening Saturday November 20th! Find all the info here!
This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to to make a quick and cute card using the adorable Penguin Playmates paper. You can get this paper FREE with your $60 purchase until September 30th!
You’ll need: Card base: 5.5 x 8.5” White cardstock: 4 x 5.25″ DSP: 3.75 x 5″ Plus additional pieces of DSP and co-ordinating cardstock.
I learned how to make this simple shadow box card a few years ago and decided to revisit it and show you all how to do it, using products from the new Autumn Mini and Sale-a-Bration catalogues. To make this fancy fold card, you’ll just need two pieces of white cardstock, cut to 5.5 x 8″, and 5.5 x 4.75″.
Score your larger piece along the short side at 3.75 and 0.75″. Score the smaller piece along the long side at 0.5″ from each side.
Die-cut a circle (or other shape if desired) in the smaller piece of cardstock, as shown.
Line up the scorelines of the two pieces as shown below, and slide into place so that the top and bottom of the cardstock pieces are lined up.
Use a pencil to mark the outer boundaries of the circle on your larger piece. This will act as a guide to show you where to stamp.
Stamp your image on your larger piece of cardstock, using the pencil marks as a guide.
Put your larger piece aside, and stamp a sentiment on your smaller piece, under the die-cut window.
Burnish all your folds, and erase your pencil marks.
Apply Tear & Tape adhesive as shown below.
Remove the backing from your Tear & Tape, and line up your small cardstock against the centre scoreline of the larger piece as shown below. Close the left flap of the card to attach the two pieces.
Open up the flap with the die-cut window, and hold the piece with the Tear & Tape as below. Close the right side of the card in order to attach the pieces.
Now your card looks like this!
And yes, it still fits in an envelope!
You might also want to add a piece of DSP on the inside to decorate.
Decorate the front of your card as desired.
Have you made any projects with this fold? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!
The 2021 Autumn Mini Catalogue launched last week, and it is a treasure! Featuring 78 pages of inspiration, it’s sure to keep you crafting through all the seasons to come – autumn, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, New Years, and more.
Here are some of the products I’m excited to get my hands on. Will this help you narrow down your wish list, or perhaps add a few more items you hadn’t considered?
Best Item for Beginners – Peaceful Deer Bundle This charming bundle has everything a beginner needs – adorable imagery that is useful for masculine and feminine cards, a great collection of sentiments that goes beyond the holiday season, and a co-ordinating punch to add even more fun. A great bundle to get you started at only $48.50. You can pair this bundle with the co-ordinating Peaceful Prints Designer Series Paper, too!
Best Sentiment Stamp Set – Holly Jolly Wishes How fun is this collection of sentiments? From elegant to silly, from whimsical to jolly, this stamp set has you covered for holiday cards and gift-giving!
Best Graphic Stamp Set – Christmas Season This Two-Step Stampin’ set allows you to layer two or more images to create extra texture and dimension in the colours you want. I love the elegant, nature-inspired images of this set, which can be used for a variety of effects: use with natural colours and embellishments for a peace-of-the-season greeting, or add some shimmery bling for a delightful dazzling effect! Add the co-ordinating Seasonal Labels dies and save 10%!
Best Embellishment – Wonderful Snowflakes These gorgeous, iridescent snowflakes are a show-stopper! They come in a pack of 24 for $8.25, which is enormous value!
Best Designer Series Paper – Painted Christmas I absolutely adore the elegant, nature-inspired watercolour images in the Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper. The colour palette is familiar enough to instantly evoke the holiday spirit, yet soft and subtle enough to be used for other projects as well. If you love this look, check out the rest of the Painted Christmas Suite!
Best Specialty Designer Series Paper –Whimsy & Wonder If you love a sparkly, shimmery holiday paper with a joyful, unexpected colour palette, this paper is for you! It features conventional patterns with a vintage feel, including gifts, trees, snowflakes, and more. And once the holidays are done, use the versatile stripes and tone-on-tone patterns for all of your projects. If you love this paper, check out the rest of the Whimsy & Wonder Suite!
Best Punch Bundle – Penguin Place These adorable penguins are sure to steal your heart. They are so easy to put together, you can create a waddle of darling penguins in just a few minutes! In addition to standing and swimming penguins, the stamp set includes a hat, scarf, reindeer headband, and more. Build a wintry scene with snowflakes or focus on the holiday season with gifts and Christmas trees. You can even create cards for birthdays and other occasions to use year-round …. make every day a penguin day! Don’t forget to check out the co-ordinating Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper, as well!
Best Die Bundle – Merriest Moments Bundle This bundle is a powerhouse in your craft room! Start with the embossing folder to add texture and a focal point to your cardstock. Leave it as-is, or cut out with one of the two co-ordinating dies. Stamp a sentiment and cut it out with the stitched rectangle die, perfectly sized to co-ordinate with the embossed rectangle. And if you like, stamp and die-cut flowers, holly, and other greenery to decorate your card. So many options!
Best Halloween Item– Cutest Halloween Bundle This punch punches out three shapes at once: a cat head, a pumpkin, and a ghost! (How spookily smart!) Create the cutest treat packaging and gift tags with the Cutest Halloween bundle. The stamp set comes with a variety of images such as pumpkins, cats, skeletons, and more that you can turn into sweet – er, I mean, SPOOKY – characters with a selection of different faces. Combine them with a variety of sentiments to create your own personalized tags and projects!
Best Bling – Gold Holly Leaves Add the wow factor to your Christmas crafting with these Gold Holly Leaves embellishments. Let your friends and family know how much you treasure them by adding a touch of gold this season!
Best Deal in the Catalogue: the Starter Kit on page 77 The Starter Kit is always the best deal in the catalogue! Choose up to $165 in product for only $135, AND free shipping, AND free business supplies, AND access to amazing online resources to help you succeed and build your business your way. PLUS, during Sale-a-Bration, there’s another FREE bonus for those who join (more on that below)! You can learn more about becoming a demonstrator by reading my Starter Kit FAQ, and if you still have questions, please email me! I’m excited to help you learn about this opportunity!
What’s better than Sale-a-Bration? How about TWO Sale-a-Brations?! This year, for the first time ever, we get to have TWO Sale-a-Bration periods (the first one was in January-February, and now the second one runs from August through September). There’s another terrific collection of products you can earn FREE with your $60 or $120 purchase, so be sure to check them out! Some items* are only available while supplies last, so don’t delay if they are your favourites!
*Sheep dies, Summer Shadows dies, Be Dazzling Specialty Paper.
Sale-a-Bration also comes with great perks for Hosting or Joining. You can get the versatile sentiment stamp set “In Your Words” FREE with a qualifying party of $375 or more.
And, as mentioned above, joining during Sale-a-Bration means you get to pick an additional FREE bundle from the Autumn Mini Catalogue with your Starter Kit order! Check out the list below!
In Case You Missed It…
There’s always so much to see in our catalogues, and some items can get a little lost! Here are a few items you won’t want to miss.
Strong of Heart is this year’s Make a Difference stamp set. For every Strong of Heart stamp set sold, Stampin’ Up! will donate $4 to heart health charity organizations worldwide!
Welcoming Woods – a stunning new Distinktive stamp set that can be used year-round!
Reflected in Nature – the reflection technique is one thing, but how about a stamp that does it for you – along with a powerful collection of sentiments?
Seasons of Fun and Amaryllis Abloom are your two hostess exclusive stamp sets for the season – you can only earn them by hosting a qualifying party of $200 or more! Contact me to book your virtual OR in-person party!
Did I leave your favourite product off my list? Comment and let me know!